As you might expect, the majority of symptoms for lung cancer develop in the lungs, resulting in chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing up blood. However, many signs of lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, go unnoticed or are confused with other diseases. If you’re able to take note of these surprising symptoms immediately and seek medical help, it may increase the effectiveness of treatment. These are the signs you need to know about:
1. Weight Loss
As with any cancer, a more advanced tumor can make proteins in your body cause you to lose weight. You may also notice a drop in your appetite, which is easy to dismiss as a symptom of lung cancer.
2. Finger/Toe Clubbing
Clubbing of the finger or toe occurs when excess soft tissues accumulates under the nail beds, causing the nail to emerge at a distorted angle. It’s caused by substances, such as hormones or proteins, secreted by cancer cells.
3. Neck & Face Swelling
If a lung tumor begins pressing against your superior vena cava, which is the large vein that carries blood from your head to your heart, you may experience swelling in your neck and face.
4. Bone Pain
Lung cancer can spread to other organs in your body, which can result in a deep ache in your bones and joints. The back and hips are the most affected areas.
5. Sudden Desire and Ability to Quit Smoking
According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, 48% of the over 100 lung cancer patients they evaluated quit smoking spontaneously after being diagnosed. Researchers believe early lung cancer tumors secrete a substance that blocks nicotine addiction.
6. Extreme Thirst & Frequent Urination
Lung cancer tumors can sometimes create substances that cause an imbalance of calcium released into the bloodstream, resulting in severe thirst and frequent trips to the bathroom.
7. Overwhelming Fatigue
Feeling tired is one thing, but feeling so worn out that you can’t get out of bed may be an indicator of lung cancer. Of course, being exhausted can be a sign of other things, but when coupled with other common lung cancer symptoms, it should be something to take note of.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, talk with one of our Chicago lung cancer attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.
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